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  • Why Vladimir Putin Is Thanking President Trump

    12/18/2017 8:14:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2017 | Leah Barkoukis
    Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked President Trump on Sunday for information United States intelligence agencies provided that helped thwart "a major terror attack" in St. Petersburg. "Based on the information the United States provided, Russian authorities were able to capture the terrorists just prior to an attack that could have killed large numbers of people. No Russian lives were lost and the terrorist attackers were caught and are now incarcerated," a readout from the White House stated. "President Trump appreciated the call and told President Putin that he and the entire United States intelligence community were pleased to have helped save so...
  • Russian oligarchs sue Trump dossier producer for becoming collateral damage in smear campaign

    12/17/2017 6:04:02 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sunday, December 17, 2017 | Rowan Scarborough
    Fusion GPS, the producer of the infamous Trump dossier, is fending off in court three of Russias richest oligarchs by painting them as corrupt bankers in bed with President Vladimir Putin. The three primary investors in Moscows Alfa Bank Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan filed a libel lawsuit against Fusion in October. Fusions dossier, written by former British spy Christopher Steele, says two of them engineered cash bribes to Mr. Putin. The dossier also implies that the bank colluded with Mr. Putin to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election by hacking Democratic Party computers. The...
  • Kremlin says Putin thanked Trump for CIA tip on bombings

    12/17/2017 9:50:19 AM PST · by be-baw · 28 replies
    CBS ^ | December 17, 2017 | CBS/AP
    <p>Russian President Vladimir Putin called U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin said.</p> <p>Putin expressed gratitude during the call for information provided by the CIA that allowed Russia's top domestic security agency to track down and arrest a group of suspects that was planning to bomb Kazan Cathedral and other crowded sites, the Kremlin said.</p>
  • PA threatens to quit America - do you care?

    12/17/2017 3:28:10 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 54 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/12/17 | Jack Englehard
    So its come to this. The PA (Palestinian Authority) is upset with usso upset that its leaders are threatening to cut ties with us here in the United States. All that started soon after President Trump delivered on his promise to name Jerusalem the capital of Israelto which we can only say Amen. Come to think of it, this is actually the tenth time the Palestinian Arabs have made that threatbut whos counting? More to the point who cares? Is there a downside to this? I see nothing but good. Are we supposed to be afraid? I think Freud...
  • Palestinians wont meet with Kushner, Greenblatt or any US officials on peace

    12/17/2017 9:37:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 17, 2017, 2:32 PM | Dov Lieber
    The Palestinians will not meet with any United States officials regarding the peace process in the future, in response to US President Donald Trumps recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a senior diplomatic adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told The Times of Israel on Sunday. The open-ended boycott includes Trumps top peace envoy Jason Greenblatt, who is due here this week, as well as the US leaders senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner. No one from the American administration will be met to discuss peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis, because the [PA]...
  • Putin phoned Trump to thank him for CIA intel that foiled a planned terrorist attack in Russia

    12/17/2017 9:06:43 AM PST · by NRx · 148 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12-17-2017 | Staff
    <p>Russian President Vladimir Putin phoned President Trump to thank him for information from the CIA that foiled a terrorist attack being planned in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin said.</p> <p>The information helped find and detain a group of terrorists who were planning explosions at Kazan Cathedral as well as other centrally located and crowded places in Russias second-largest city. This is a developing story. It will be updated.</p>
  • 'Nation' Writer on Russia 'Hacking': 'Ive Never Seen Media Malpractice Like This'

    12/16/2017 8:13:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | December 16, 2018 | Tom Blumer
    On Friday, Fox News's Tucker Carlson interviewed Stephen F. Cohen, a contributing editor at The Nation. Cohen sharply criticized coverage at the Washington Post and the New York Times, and more generally stated that he has "never seen media malpractice" like the establishment press's year-long effort to breathe life into what he insists has been a completely ginned-up claim that Russia tried to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Given that it has leaned hard-left during its entire existence, it might stun readers here to know that Cohen, who is married to magazine editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, strongly believes, based on...
  • Kaluga (Russia) began building of Mitsubishi Pajero Sport SUVs

    12/16/2017 10:23:09 PM PST · by NorseViking · 2 replies
    Today at PCMA plant (Peugeot Citroen Mitsubishi Automotive) in the village of Rosva near Kaluga has started the production of on-frame Mitsubishi Pajero Sport SUVs. The start was late a little: originally release of Russian Sport was planned for November. However, this model for the Kaluga plant is not absolutely new. Previous generation Mitsubishi Pajero Sport SUVs were assembled from 2013 to 2016 here, however with an coming of the SUV of present, third generation the company switched to direct import from Thailand again. And at first to us were delivered only petrol Sports, and diesel SUVs appeared in Mitsubishi...
  • U.S. expects Western Wall to be part of Israel

    12/16/2017 6:31:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 12/15/17 21:30 | Arutz Sheva North America Staff
    The U.S. expects the Western Wall in Jerusalem to be part of Israel, but specific boundaries are subject to final status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), a senior administration official said Friday. We cannot envision any situation under which the Western Wall would not be a part of Israel. But as the President said, the specific boundaries of sovereignty of Israel are going to be part of the final status agreement, the official told Israeli public broadcaster Kann. The official also noted that U.S. Vice President Mike Pences visit to the Western Wall as part of his...
  • The true extent of Russian meddling in Brexit remains murky

    In late October, Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Damian Collins called upon Facebook and Twitter to report back with any evidence of Russian meddling in the UK's vote to leave the EU. It's an evolution of the committee's inquiry into the problem of fake news, which Collins considers a pretty serious "threat to democracy." Responses from Facebook and Twitter have landed this week, and if you haven't been following along, it's safe to say Collins isn't particularly impressed with how deep the social networks are digging to identify the true scale of political misinformation and...
  • The two expat bros who terrorized women correspondents in Moscow (Matt Taibbi and Mark Ames)

    12/16/2017 5:23:35 PM PST · by Salman · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12-15-17 | Kathy Lally
    Theres more than one way to harass women. A raft of men in recent weeks have paid for accusations of sexual harassment with their companies, their jobs, their plum political posts. But one point has been overlooked in the scandals: Men can be belittling, cruel and deeply damaging without demanding sex. (Try sloughing off heaps of contempt with your self-esteem intact.) We have no consensus and hardly any discussion about how we should treat behaviors that are misogynist and bullying but fall short of breaking the law. Twenty years ago, when I was a Moscow correspondent for the...
  • Fifty years of the Two-State Solution Blackmail

    12/16/2017 4:40:06 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12-15-17 | , 15/12/17 00:05
    Under the British Mandate, Palestinian was the term for JEW! Speaking after the visit of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Brussels, the EUs foreign policy chief, Frederica Mogherini made an astonishing declaration of ignorance. Again. We always say that the Two State Solution is the only realistic one, she said. I have not heard by anyone or from anyone, not only in the last weeks but in the last decades any other idea than two States to preserve Israeli security. The Palestinians need to have their own country under their own authority. One reinforced with Hamas weaponized by Iran and...
  • Guess What? Vladimir Putin Is a Pro-Choice Champion

    12/16/2017 12:44:39 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 15 replies
    Fortune ^ | Dec 14. 2017 | Geoffrey Smith
    In the modern world, the decision is up to the woman herself, Russias president said in his annual marathon press conference on Wednesday, which ran to just shy of four hours. Any attempt to suppress it, he added, would only push the practice underground, causing immense damage to womens health. Putin also cautioned against tightening the countrys historically liberal laws on abortion any further, saying that any decision on future regulation must be careful, considered and based on the general mood in society and the moral and ethical norms that have developed in society. Putins commentshis first clear statement on...
  • This Sputnik Moment (China et al)

    12/16/2017 10:58:04 AM PST · by RightGeek · 4 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 12/15/2017 | Larry Diamond
    As authoritarian states like China double down on strategic investments and project their sharp power abroad, the United States may finally be reaching a new Sputnik moment. It takes a pretty big shock to the system to transform the way the United States engages the world. A spate of German submarine attacks on American merchant ships was the final trigger for American entry into World War I. Japans attack on Pearl Harbor brought America into World War II. The attacks on September 11 led the United States to invade Afghanistan and then Iraq.More relevant to the current moment was the...
  • The Iranian Plan to Destroy America's Allies

    12/15/2017 12:10:24 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Friday, 03 Nov 2017 03:51 PM | Lela Gilbert
    Have the ancient Christian communities in northern Iraq fallen prey to Irans radical Islamist aspirations?Will Iran be permitted to complete its Shia Crescent or land bridge, stretching from Tehran through Iraq, into Syria and on into Lebanon, where Irans proxy Hezbollah already asserts enormous power? Is President Donald Trumps bold assertion that Iran will be denied hegemony in the Middle East being refuted by the facts on the ground? Just last week, I wrote about the renewed hope that surged across displaced Christian communities in Iraqs Nineveh Plain following Vice President Mike Pences encouraging speech at an Washington D.C. event.
  • Boeing Execs Head to Iran as Congress Cracks Down on Tehrans Use of Planes For Terror

    12/15/2017 5:43:20 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 13, 2017 | Adam Kredo
    Executives from major airplane manufacturers Boeing and AirBus will reportedly head to Iran next week to hammer down multi-billion dollar deals to sell the Islamic Republic a new fleet of commercial planes amid a congressional crackdown on Tehran's continued use of commercial aircraft to transport weapons and terrorist fighters across the region. As controversy continues to swirl around Boeing's and AirBus's efforts to sell Iran a fleet of new jets, Congress has taken steps to mandate the U.S. government release public reports outlining Tehran's continued use of commercial aircraft for illicit terrorism purposes.
  • Blowback: ISIS Got A Powerful Missile The CIA Secretly Bought In Bulgaria

    12/15/2017 10:03:18 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | December 14, 2017 | Aram Roston
    A guided anti-tank missile ended up in the hands of ISIS terrorists less than two months after the US government purchased it in late 2015 highlighting weaknesses in the oversight and regulation of Americas covert arms programs, according to information published by an arms monitoring group called Conflict Armament Research (CAR). ... CIA... top secret operation to arm rebels in Syria to fight the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The missile ended up in the hands of ISIS fighters in Iraq ... The CIA declined to comment on the Obama-era program to back Syrian rebels, which was canceled...
  • Putin, Trump discuss N Korea in phone call

    12/15/2017 7:35:10 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 14 replies
    Yahoo Noose (News to Choke Americans) ^ | December 15, 2017 | AFP via Yahoo
    Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump discussed the crisis over North Korea's nuclear program in a phone call Thursday, in which the US president took the unusual step of thanking his Russian counterpart for praising America's economy. The two heads of state discussed "the situation in several crisis zones, with a focus on solving the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula," the Kremlin said in a statement, without elaborating. The White House said the two "discussed working together to resolve the very dangerous situation in North Korea."
  • Putin Happy With Return on Investment for Hacking 2016 Election, Officials Say

    12/14/2017 9:59:00 PM PST · by NorseViking · 27 replies
    For less than a half-million dollars, Russian President Vladimir Putin got what he most wanted out of the Kremlin's campaign to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election: a destabilized American democracy and Hillary Clinton out of his hair, U.S. officials say. The Kremlin views its influence campaign, which it called an "active measures" operation, as a remarkable return on investment, U.S. officials briefed on post-election intelligence told The Washington Post. Not only did it shake up Americans' faith in their democratic process, but the operation also achieved Putin's primary goal of stymying Clinton's White House aspirations, one official told the...
  • Russias Gazprom begins construction of Turkey pipeline

    05/08/2017 10:22:14 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    KOM News ^ | 8 May 2017 | none stated
    Map of the planned Turkish Stream (Wikipedia). Russias Gazprom has begun constructing the first stage of the Turkish Stream pipeline that will run gas from southern Russia across the Black Sea to Turkey, Reuters reported on Sunday.Switzerlands Allseas Group S.A has begun laying pipes on the Russian shore of Black Sea. The pipeline will when completed by the end of 2019 allow the state-owned Gazprom company to send gas direct to southern Europe through the Turkish Stream while bypassing Ukraine.The Turkish Stream intergovernmental agreement was signed in October 2016 after having been halted for almost a year following the shootdown...